A dogwood wreath decorates a door in Historical North Knoxville.
Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Festival is in full bloom. Walking trails opened Monday. Dogwood trails will be ready for the public Wednesday, April 10. Rhythm N' Blooms, the Chalk Walk and Art in Public Places are scheduled for this upcoming weekend.
The biggest question: where are the dogwood blooms?
"We're about a week from them coming into full bloom. The blooms come out in response to accumulation of heat units," said David Vandergriff who pointed out this weekend's warm weather should speed up the process.
Officials at the Knoxville Botanical Garden are excited dogwood trees should bloom on time this year.
"Dogwoods have become synonymous with Knoxville," said KBG Executive Director Keyes Williamson. "Knoxville was a breeding ground for dogwoods historically. The Howell Nurseries, which is currently the site of the Knoxville Botanical Garden, the men who ran this nursery introduced the first red flowering dogwood in the United States."
KBG has a new goal this year: to grow the most diverse dogwood collection in the United States.
"This spring, we planted 120 trees total and we're hoping to plant that many in the fall," said KBG Director of Horticulture Brian Campbell.
"We're going to grow every form of dogwood that we feel will prosper in East Tennessee and create a collection that exhibits the whole variety of this iconic ornamental tree so that a person can come and see weeping forms and columnar forms and every color blossom that is possible to have on a dogwood," Williamson said.
26 native varieties were replanted at the garden this spring. The missing types were discovered in Middle Tennessee.
A full calendar of Dogwood Arts Festival events is posted on the organization's website.